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April 9, 2013

Former ACSC employee charged with theft

A former employee of the Avon Community School Corporation has been charged with stealing from them.

Shelia Huddleson, 62, admitted to investigators with the Avon Police Department that she had sold approximately $3,200 worth of obsolete kitchen equipment owned by ACSC without permission last December. Huddleson worked in a supervisory position for the cafeteria staff at one of the schools.

In a probable cause affidavit from Avon police, investigators say they were contacted by ACSC Superintendent Margaret Hoernemann, Ph.D., about a theft report. She reportedly told detectives that she fired Huddleson after she had admitted selling the kitchen equipment to a broker without permission.

The affidavit states that Huddleson admitted to both Hoernemann and police that she deposited $1,800 of the proceeds into a personal bank account and kept the remaining $1,400 in a desk drawer to buy Christmas gifts for her employees and fund a Christmas party for them.

In an interview with police, Huddleson reportedly said she deposited some of the money in her bank account because her husband was dying of cancer and they had accrued major medical expenses. Investigators added that she willingly withdrew the money from her bank and gave it to police the next day.

Huddleson was charged with theft, a class D felony. Police say she had no prior criminal history and was not considered a flight risk. Her initial hearing is scheduled in June.

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